The other week I was in Hudson, Wis., to do some reporting on financial literacy. While talking with some managers from the WESTconsin Credit Union, one of them mentioned that customers are working hard at saving more. He added that it's noticeable how much they care about their credit scores.
Updated: October 08, 2011, - 03:33 PM
The past decade offers a critical lesson on managing our money: Steer clear of the extremes of pessimism and optimism.
Updated: October 01, 2011, - 04:18 PM
QI have a daughter in college and another three years away. Given the U.S. government's recent downgrade from Standard & Poor's, how safe are savings bonds? What is the type of return one can expect and how is the interest accrued?
Updated: September 17, 2011, - 02:07 PM
Q For 16 years, my wife and I entrusted an independent financial adviser to manage our mutual fund portfolio, which...
Updated: September 10, 2011, - 10:23 PM
Ah, the State Fair. A Pronto Pup, chocolate chip cookies, and the DNR's fish pond all sampled before heading to the Star Tribune booth Tuesday afternoon to talk personal finance.
Updated: September 03, 2011, - 10:03 PM
Here's a piece of news that comes under the "glass is half-full" headline: Households are reducing their debt burdens.
Updated: August 20, 2011, - 10:35 PM
Summer is a time for blockbuster horror flicks, and the performance of the economy and markets surely provide the basis for a gory one. Prices on the global stock markets have plunged in recent weeks.
Updated: August 13, 2011, - 01:02 PM
Q My husband and I are in our early and middle 50s. We have one child, a junior in college. I have been not working since September (unemployment plus a very part-time job).
Updated: August 06, 2011, - 04:47 PM
What's your opinion on the relative safety of guaranteed investment contracts. I know these are not FDIC insured. But compared to bonds or equities in the event of a catastrophic economic meltdown, would these contracts reflect a loss rate based on the failures of the underlying banks and insurance companies?
Updated: July 23, 2011, - 10:34 PM